Schedules & Minutes

School Community Council virtual meeting held on 11/03/2021 at 3:45.

Members present:
Jenny Chamberlain (Parent/Chair)
Shannon Dalton (Parent/Co-Chair)
Shiloa Leavitt (Parent)
Matthew Lowe (Principal)
Bryant Urry (Teacher)
Mary Beranek (Secretary)

Also in attendance:
Steve Gregoire (Elementary Education Effectiveness Director)

Catheryn Felix
Elizabeth Miles
Heather Okerlund

SCC reviewed and discussed the HES Positive Behavior Plan, School Safety Report, and Digital Citizenship Report presented in a slideshow by Principal Lowe. Plan of action for each area added to slides.
Slideshow can be found at: November School Community Council Meeting
Meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm.


  • September 15, 2021

    3:40 pm

    • Call to order & opening comments — Mr. Lowe
      • In attendance: Matthew Lowe, Bryant Urry, Mary Beranek, Elizabeth Miles, Heather Okerlund, Jenny Chamberlain, Shannon Dalton, & Shiloah Leavitt
      • Excused: Catheryn Felix
    • Slideshow presentation by School LAND Trust outlining Community Council’s Roles and Responsibilities
    • Review of previous and current year’s School LAND Trust funded plan and implementation
      • Amount of funding given to state school system and portion allotted to Hurricane Elementary School
      • Review of how funds were used and plan implemented
        • See posed slide for breakdown of how funds were used and results.
        • Set Community Council meeting schedule for remainder of school year: Nov 3, Jan 19,  Feb 16, and Mar 23 – all meetings 3:45-4:30 pm
      • Review of year’s TSSP funded plan and implementation
    • Introduction of council members
      • Member introductions
      • Gathering of member contact information
      • Election of Council Chair and Co-Chair and adoption of Rules of Order
    • Submission of council roster and roles to School LAND Trust Administration website by Mr. Lowe
    • Review of meeting agenda to ensure all items addressed
      • Outstanding Item:
        • Agenda for next meeting to be finalized
        • School website to be updated with current Community Council information prior to next scheduled meeting
    • Adjournment of meeting                             


    2020-2021 School Year Meeting Dates
    Monthly from 3:40pm to 4:25pm on the second Wednesday from Wed Nov 11 to Wed Apr 21, 2021                                                                                      “March Community Council meeting falls during Spring Break. Postponed until the 17th. “
    Agenda for SCC Meeting
    Chair:   Tricia Pectol (435)229-2843
    Vice Chair:    Heidi Elison (435)467-0308
    School’s goals:
    1. To improve reading and monthly scores.
    *We went through the action plan steps. 
    *Mr. Lowe showed the committee a spreadsheet that the staff uses to track students scores & to target specific skills (all names were removed prior to the meeting). The data is used to form groups for interventions. The aides all help with interventions. 
    *Parents said all of that is great but what about robotics & some of the other goals we had. Mr. Lowe explained that we didn’t do away with those goals we just found a different way to do it. 
    2. We went over the School Improvement Plan that showed the budgets for Title I & TSSA. He showed the goals that the school is working on in science, math, Language arts, and Stem.
    Other Topics:
    1. Voted on 3 additional meetings and figure out when we should hold elections. 
    * Elections should be held every year. Some positions are 1 year term, 2 year term, and 3 year term. 
    * Next Meetings are going to be a follows:
    November 4
    January 13
    April 20
    2. School: Parent/Family Compact (found in the inside of the current school year folder)
    *Mr. Lowe wants to add the school will provide high quality interventions.
    *Next step the teachers shall discuss the compact.
    *Include parent communication in student folder as part of the school compact.
    *Tricia Pectol asked if we have the folders in spanish. Mr. Lowe said we did not but said that is something we will work on getting it.
    School Parent & Family Engagement Policy Framework:
    1. School community council looks at the policy & decides if they want to make changes. 
    2. Kathy Bozarth (parent) suggested parents might volunteer more if single opportunities were communicated regularly. Mr. Lowe suggested that could be part of the parent compact. Mr. Lowe proposed we used District Policy as our school policy. 

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**All meetings are open to the public & greater school community.

Council Responsibilities

  • Review school U-PASS data. U-PASS is a series of student tests.  Councils should review group results but individual data should not be shared. Other assessments may also be reviewed
  • Develop a School Improvement Plan
  • Develop a School LAND Trust Plan
  • Participate in the development of the Professional Development Plan
  • Develop a Child Access Routing Plan
  • Advise the school administration on local school issues
  • Provide an opportunity for issues of concern in the community to be presented to the school administration
  • Develop a Reading Achievement Plan

TSSP, Teacher Student Success Plan

Through the State of Utah, we receive additional funding through the TSSP rules that is also discretionary at the school level. The council and school staff can make suggestions for the spending of TSSP monies, but they are tied directly to the School-wide Improvement Plan that the principal makes each year. 

This year, we received $95,487.64 in TSSP that we used for the following:

  • 1 Teacher, Class size reduction (This is, ultimately, how we can afford a STEM teacher.)
  • Matching grant for Counselor (District pays .5, we used TSSP to fund .2, and the matching mental health grant pays .2)
  • 11 hours per week OEK aide
  • General Education Behavior Technician 27.5 hours per week.
  • 2 hours per week WIN Time aide
  • $200 for software and supplies

Council Members

Chair: Jenny Chamberlain          435-632-5072
Co-Chair: Shannon Dalton         810-357-9697
Catheryn Felix
Elizabeth Miles
Heather Okerlund
Shiloa Leavitt
Matthew Lowe (Principal)
Bryant Urry (Teacher Representative)
Mary Beranek (Secretary)

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Elections for the Community Council take place each year in August. We are an organized group of parents and faculty who meet regularly to discuss the LAND Trust funding and plan, the School Improvement Plan, as well as the successes and needs of our school. Please consider attending meetings and/or becoming a member.  This is one of the many ways that we encourage our school community to become involved in the education process.

Hurricane Elementary Trustlands Funding Summary

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
$43,448 $58,963 $66,997 $73,510 $80,630

Current Report 2021-2022

Final Report Summary 2020-2021


Digital Citizenship:

Did you know…

Utah received 7 million acres of land at statehood to generate funding for schools and almost half of the land remains in a trust for public education. The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) manages the trust land. The School and Institutional Trust Funds Office (SITFO) invests the endowment funds and a portion of the earnings comes to our school each year.

Utah schools received $89 million dollars from the School LAND Trust Program in the 2020-2021 School Year. Our school received $80,630

The School Community Council voted to spend the funds to pay for our reading aides to provide WIN Time (What I Need) instruction for all students to have a ½ hour of small group reading instruction on specific skill areas where they need the most help. 

Our School Community Council is primarily responsible for the creation of our School LAND Trust Plan. This plan is created annually by analyzing our school testing data to determine the greatest academic need. The money our school receives from the School LAND Trust fund is allocated according to our plan. Over the years our school has purchased technology to support student learning, books for our leveled library, math manipulatives, science materials, and we’ve been able to hire additional personnel to support targeted learning in small groups. Our school is grateful for the School LAND Trust program and the opportunity we have as a school to allocate the funds to support our targeted and specific needs. The Council assists with school improvement, and make decisions on how to best spend the Trust LANDS funding. More information regarding the work of the Council and the current plan can be found by visiting the School LAND Trust Website:


Contact Us

948 W 325N
Hurricane, Utah 847
T: 435-635-4668
F: 435-635-4670

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